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Gunderson: Private-Sector Schools Can Help Fill Skills Gap

For instance, the announced “gainful employment” rule establishes a one-size-fits-all approach for deciding which institutions will be eligible for federal student aid and in the process limits the options of nontraditional students seeking skills and training for the purpose of securing employment. And Congress has not been far behind, with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) recently calling on the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits institutions of higher learning, to conduct a “careful review” of career schools.

This follows numerous impediments placed in front of private-sector schools by some in Congress for the purpose of scoring political points, all of which do little to ensure certainty among these local employers and educators of millions of Americans.

Private-sector colleges and universities are ready, willing and more than able to help America fill the “skills gap” that is keeping unemployment high. Career colleges provide a highly specialized, extremely targeted curriculum to students seeking to enter today’s workforce and immediately carve out their own career path for the future.

We look forward to working with Congress to address the importance of preparing individuals for the job force and how career colleges can continue to provide choices and access to all students seeking postsecondary education.

Former Rep. Steve Gunderson (R-Wis.) is president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities.

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